The Philosophy of Art
Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts 2. Aufl.
Now available in a fully revised and updated second edition, this accessible and insightful introduction outlines the central theories and ongoing debates in the philosophy of art. Covers a wide range of topics, including the definition and interpretation of art, the connections between artistic and ethical judgment, and the expression and elicitation of emotions through art Includes discussion of prehistoric, non-Western, and popular mass arts, extending the philosophical conversation beyond the realm of Fine Art Details concrete applications of complex theoretical concepts Poses thought-provoking questions and offers fully updated annotated reading lists at the end of each chapter to encourage and enable further research
List of Figures vi Preface vii Acknowledgments xi 1 Evolution and Culture 1 2 Defining Art 26 3 Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art 52 4 Varieties of Art 81 5 Interpretation 109 6 Expression and Emotional Responses 135 7 Pictorial Representation and the Visual Arts 167 8 The Value of Art 199 Index 232
Stephen Davies is a distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of Auckland. A former president of the American Society for Aesthetics, he is the author of several books, including The Artful Species (2012), Philosophical Perspectives on Art (2007), and Themes in the Philosophy of Music (2003).